WINSFORD TOWN COUNCIL LAUNCHES PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING INITIATIVE FOR 2020

Date: 29th July 2020

RESIDENTS in Winsford will be given the choice to take the lead in improving their town thanks to Involve Winsford, a new participatory budgeting initiative designed to put the community at the centre of decision making for the town.

Residents are being encouraged to develop their own ideas for improving their community and submit these ideas via the Winsford Town Council online platform via the link https://winsford.gov.uk/involve-winsford/.

The Town Council would like to make it clear that only ideas submitted via the online platform will be considered and be eligible for funding under the scheme.

Following submission via the online platform, each idea will be considered by the Town Council and those deemed to be suitable for implementation will progress to the next phase where they will be voted on by the community as a whole.

A budget of £31,500 has been allocated by Winsford Town Council for this purpose.

Winsford Town Mayor, Cllr Ailsa Gaskill-Jones commented, “we will be working with groups and individuals in the community to encourage as many people as possible to get involved in Involve Winsford and take a lead in local decision-making”.

She went on, “help will be available from the Council with getting proposals together. What we want is for people to take ownership of projects that matter to them and if they can convince their community to vote for them, we’ll work together to make it happen.”

Involve Winsford has been developed by WTC’s Community Engagement and Participation Committee which has brought together town councillors and local residents from the three neighbourhoods to look at issues, work with agencies to address issues, pilot initiatives, and share experiences.

Mark Bailey, Winsford Town Clerk believes that Involve Winsford can make a real difference to how residents feel about their community: “this scheme is a fantastic way to widen community involvement and build the capacity of residents to tackle their own issues. The concept is about far more than a pot of cash – it’s about developing new ways for local people to bring about improvements to their own communities.”